Des Peres Chick-Fil-A Vandalized With 'Don’t Hate' Graffiti

The graffiti appears days after supporters of the national chain held “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” The restaurant was also packed Saturday afternoon.

Graffiti with the words "Don’t Hate" was written in a wall of the Chick-fil-A store in Des Peres sometime between Friday night or Saturday morning. .

The graffiti seems to be in response to Wednesday's  an effort by former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee, who called for Americans to support Chick-fil-A in the midst comments made by Dan Cathy, the chain’s chief operating officer, who recently said he supported the traditional definition of marriage and that his store was run based on Biblical principles.

"We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said in a story in the Baptist Press. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

Des Peres Police were not available for comment Saturday afternoon. A manager at the store said he couldn’t comment on the matter, but that a Chick-fil-A spokesperson would be in contact soon.

This is the second reported incident of a Chick-fil-A store being recently vandalized. On Friday morning, a Chick-fil-A in Torrance, Calif, was vandalized with the words “Tastes Like Hate,” reports The Huffington Post.

The author of that graffiti, Manny Castro, an artist and gay activist from California, came forward and took ownership of his graffiti, the Huffington Post reports.

"Everybody is entitled to free speech, but it seems like for the gay tribe, this is more of an issue of equal rights — human rights," Castro said in the Huffington Post’s story. "I'm against what these people stand for, what this company stands for. They're trying to take away what little rights we already have."

However, St. Louis Conservative blogger Ginny Kruta, who said attended Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Des Peres, wrote in The Breitbart Report that gay activists were showing “their true colors.”

“Those who had been too cowardly to stand up for their beliefs in front of paying customers and evening news reporters came back under cover of darkness to say what they were too, well, chikin to say in the light of day,” Kruta wrote.

Kirkwood Patch will work to bring you more information about the vandalism.

Tell us in our comments: What do you think of the graffiti?

Jeanetta Roberts August 05, 2012 at 03:11 AM
I'm trying to figure out who are the ones really being intolerant and hateful here? The CEO was ASKED her opinion, she gave it, and now everyone is in an uproar calling the chain part of a hate group? Please someone tell me who is really the ones full of hatred here because it looks a lot to me like the ones crying about discrimination and intolerance are the ones actually being hateful and intolerant!! Vote with your dollars .. if you don't like their stance, then don't eat there! But don't forget to add all the other christian companies with the same views and opinions to your boycott list!
Christopher Reilly August 05, 2012 at 06:41 AM
That's interesting, Jeanetta. This issue is way deeper than just what the CEO said. Millions of Chik-Fil-A dollars have gone to organizations who actively engage in discriminating against gays. Now that's real hate. The only thing the other side is guilty of hating is intolerance. And speaking of boycotts, lets look at the companies your side had boycotted for supporting gay rights, if I can remember any. Oh, yeah, there's Target, American Apparel, Starbucks, J.C. Penny, Oreo Cookies, Betty Crocker, Levi's, Cheerios, Walt Disney World, Weaties, Tide, Microsoft, Home Depot, Pampers, Pepsi, Safeway, Tide, Old Navy, Macy's, Target, Pilsbury, Walgreens, Ford, Gap, and Green Giant. Who were you supporting then?
Jim August 05, 2012 at 06:51 AM
The real problem with Chick-Fll-A Has been lost in the media. The company and Owner donate to actual hate groups. And to an organizations that tries to make people straight. The organizations that try to make you straight are very harmful and has caused many suicides.
Susan Dames August 05, 2012 at 01:48 PM
It's all just so very sad! I will no longer eat at Chik (and I love their food so this is hard!). But I do not support graffiti to make the statement that I support. It perpetuates the anger and hatred already very obviously spewing in regards to homosexuals. Point is, Chik-Fil-A is a restaurant chain. There is no place for their opinion on this issue. Yes it is their right to speak out but to what benefit? The stance is only perpetuating pain and hatred on both sides. It's time for people to step back and not in judgement but in care and love of mankind! The hatred and judgement are going to be the demise of us all.
JoanLauterbach August 05, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I will not let the Homosexual/Lesbian groups keep me from supporting a place that have REAL moral values,,,I love my friend, who is a Homosexual, but he knows that I do not like his choice in lifestyle, he also respects this fact I do not need to like his lifestyle in order to be friends...Of course, those of you who do not know the Savior, have no idea how someone can separate the two of still loving the person and yet not like/condone the lifestyle, only Jesus can put that into a persons heart,,,Jesus loved me while I was yet a sinner as He does all of you out there, you just need to recognize your need for Him,,,, www.NeedGod.com
Dennis Moore August 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Prove it. I am for gay marriage and against hate crimes--and against anything that divides people for no good purpose. I can find no real evidence to support the claims that this company or its owner donate to hate groups. Instead, I find a lot of posts by people who are, basically, playing the childhood game of telephone, repeating things they heard or read that are not substantiated by facts. These people don't even know if they're telling the truth. They're counterpoint trend followers--making claims against any group that is not pro-homosexuality and labeling them a hate group. If you are not for something (anything) does that make you part of a hate group?
JoanLauterbach August 05, 2012 at 10:19 PM
http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=38301 Get the story straight,folks,,,these people at Chick fil A did not "spew any hate", however, on the other hand...... "As a company, Chick-fil-A takes no position on gay marriage, but comments Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy made to the Biblical Recorder newspaper -- in a story re-posted by Baptist Press -- have launched a media storm. The story, in which Cathy takes a biblical stance on the issue, has been mentioned on networks such as CNN and referenced by the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press and Huffington Post, just to name a few. It quickly became the most-read story on Baptist Press' website for the year. The company issued a statement Thursday (July 19) telling its customers that "going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena" and that its tradition is "to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -- regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender." It also noted that it has applied "biblically-based principles" to business management and will continue to do so. There are more than 1,600 Chick-fil-A restaurants."
JoanLauterbach August 05, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Read the rest of the story and tell me where the 'hate' comes in? "Asked about the company's support of the traditional family, Cathy said in the Biblical Recorder story, "Well, guilty as charged." "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit," Cathy said. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that." 'I'm gonna have to stop by there for spicy chicken sandwiches and a milkshake more often.' -- Glenn StantonChick-fil-A's stores are closed on Sundays and the company, he said, "operate[s] on biblical principles." The media storm grew larger when a June 16 radio program was spotlighted in which Cathy underscored the need for children to have a mom and a dad. "As it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than You as to what constitutes a marriage,'" Cathy said on "The Ken Coleman Show." "I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about."
JoanLauterbach August 05, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Some Chick-fil-A news reports called 'distorted' ~ "During a call-in radio interview (July 19)with WORD-FM in Pittsburgh, K. Allan Blume described his conversation with Chick-fil-A's Dan Cathy as "very positive," "some of which ran articles with "anti-gay" in the headline."(Just NOT true) Many reports "turned [the original story] into a negative," said Blume, adding the term "anti-gay" never came up in the interview while Cathy was speaking in the Raleigh, N.C., area. "He was not saying 'guilty as charged anti-gay,'" Blume added. "[Cathy] never even brought up that subject. Everything he stated was on the positive side … He never stated anything negative." Blume asked Cathy about opposition to the company's support of the traditional family, and Cathy responded, "WELL GUILTY AS CHARGED" "Blume expressed his surprise at how standing up for traditional family values in today's politically correct society has become code for hate speech. "It was not an anti-gay statement. It was a pro-family statement." "Blume added that during their conversation Cathy also said, "We're a business that serves the public, all people are welcomed into Chick-fil-A, and frankly we do not feel called to weigh in on a lot of social activism that's taking place as it relates to the definition of the family, but we do definitely want to encourage strong families." "They don't shut anybody out from their restaurant … they welcome everyone." http://www.bpnews.net/printerfriendly.asp?ID=38314
Ron G. August 06, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I am a supporter of Gay Marriage but I also support free speech and the company has the right to state their position on that issue. My main concern would be that they don't descriminate in their hiring or treatment towards Gays in the workplace or as customers. I haven't seen evidence yet that that is the case so I will withhold judgement. I choose not to purchase Dominos pizza because their owner is a large contributer to those against a womans right to chose and they contribute money to that. I won't see a Mel Gibson movie anymore because of his rants against jews and his wife/women. This is a free country and everyone has the right to express their opinions. If you don't agree or feel its contrary to yours you have the option to no longer patronize that establishment. Hatred, vandalism and name calling is not an answer to anything though. Free speech and open dialogue on the issue is the best recourse, and if u feel strongly against their position, don't eat there anymore.


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